Posted in Book Review

The Paris Project

By Donna Gephart

Book Source: Erica S Perl shared it with me

Book Status: Available October 8, 2019

I got a lotta books, so you’re gonna see more reviews than usual. I just got my Scholastics box, but this is not one of those books though.

At NerdCampMi Jr, I met Donna Gephart and Erica S Perl. Donna shared about this book and I was excited about it. Erica S Perl then mentioned it in her interview with me. I shared I was jealous she had read it already and she shared her copy with me.

But tell me though, why are girls soo into Paris, I don’t even know and I KNOW I’m going someday 😌!! Pariiiis………. Now…. On with the review!!

1. It’s about Paris.

2. It’s about a girl who’s best friend is a boy and gay. Her dad is in jail too. It is about a kid dealing with hard situations.

3. It’s about a girl who’s saving up to go to Paris and her sister is saving up to go to a college. It is about making choices.

4. It’s about compromises, helping and how small towns are the worst.. or are they?

5. Her best friend’s boy friend is her “enemy”. So it is story about relationships.

Posted in Book Review, Lil Bro's Fabulous Fridays

Kitten Kingdom Series

By Mia Bell

Book Source: received review copies of books 1 & 2

Book Status: available

This is PAW-fect! It is the firsts chapter books I read all by myself. I read the first book in the car in one day (roadtrip!).

The books are about Tabby and her brothers, Flex and Leo. They are kittens protecting their homes. One is black and that is my favorite because I have a black kitten too!

And now back to the book, they have a secret. They are the Whiskered Wonders. They are fighting against rats who dress up as dogs. And make smelly cheese that makes you fall asleep.

Some people may think these are girl books. But there is no such thing. Boys will like this series because it is knights but with kittens. It is exciting and you can’t predict what happens next.

I am still reading book 3 but I can’t wait for more Kitten Kingdoms.

Posted in Meet the authors

Jonathan Auxier

Online presence (website/social media) www.TheScop.com 

Twitter: @Jonathan Auxier 


1. When you were my age (10), did you have a book inspire or impact you? JA: I had so many! Without question, the biggest influence was Alice Through the Looking Glass, which is the sequel to Alice in Wonderland. I can’t quite explain why, but I would read Looking Glass obsessively — a chapter or two every night before bed. I did this for over 10 years! Which means I’ve literally read the book 100s of times. I still have no idea why I did that.

 2. Have you read anything recently that inspired or impacted you? (Sweep was one of my favorite books last year and I love Peter Nimble & Sophie Quire)JA: I’m always inspired by good storytelling. This week, I read My Jasper June by Laurel Snyder. It was such a wonderful book!  

3. Can you share what your usual day as an author looks like?JA: Every morning, I do the New York Times crossword puzzle. Then I write for a few hours. Then I take a walk. It’s not a bad life.  

4. Is there a newer or less know author you think kids should know about?JA: I really like this question! I’m not sure she’s “less known,” but I often urge fans of my Peter Nimble books to check out Caroline Carlson’s series, The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates. They’re pirate books with magic! And they share a similar sensibility to Peter Nimble … only much funnier!  

5. What is a cool thing about being an author?JA: I get a chance to meet other authors I admire. That never gets old.  

6. Is there anything hard about being an author? I know it is not rainbows, cupcakes, pens and a pot of gold.JA: Who told you that? It’s full of rainbows, cupcakes, pens, and pots of gold!  

7. Book access and diversity in books is a big topic. As an author what do you think your role is in this topic?JA: Book access and diversity are hugely important topics … but I don’t think that they are necessarily the jobs of writers. The job of a writer is to write the best stories they can. That being said, I think that all readers (including those who write) need to work to expand their horizons and read outside of their comfort zones. I’m so grateful to the librarians, bloggers, teachers, and gatekeepers who have taken up these causes! 

8.  If you could portal into any book which would it be?JA: There’s a beautiful chapter in Wind in the Willows called “Piper at the Gates of Dawn.” It works as a standalone story (as many chapters in that book do). Whenever I’m sad, I read it. 

Posted in Book Review, Middle Grade Mondays

The curse of the werepenguin

By Allan Woodrow Illustrated by Scott Brown Book Source: purchased Book Status: available

1. This book is about a trained girl robber. THE best robber in the forest. Spoiler that is just really good fake advertising.

2. This book is about a boy who gets adopted by a 100 year old kid Baron. Yes, because that is going to work out well and doesn’t tell the reader something weird is going to happen.

3. This book is about a boy who get bitten by a 100 year old werepenguin-kid. Any guesses where he finds the werepenguin? Spoiler see point 2.

4. This book is about vampires werepenguins. Like hello, super cool idea. How did I not think about this?
5. This sets for a book 2. More werepenguin adventures!
Posted in Book Review, Lil Bro's Fabulous Fridays

Prehistoric

By Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

Illustrations by Julius Csotonyi

Book Source: review copy provided by Media Masters Publicity

Book Status: Available

It is about the different prehistoric periods and what was alive during each time. There were a lot more time periods than I knew!

This book is easy to read. You can read about a period at a time. It would be good for a class studying dinosaurs. It is good for a kid who likes to read about read things.

One of the coolest things is on the back cover and identifies the living things in images.

There is also a glossary of the words and the illustrations are super cool. Like you want to pet the dinosaurs.